Minneapolis parkers, beware: It's street-sweeping time

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 10, 2009 - 11:55 PM

Even though the prospect for a snow emergency is pretty slim this time of year, there is still the possibility that your vehicle will be towed in Minneapolis.

City public works crews are set to begin the comprehensive spring street sweep on Tuesday to clean up all the dirt and grime that the melting ice and snow left behind. For about the next four weeks, sweepers will spruce up all 1,100 miles of city streets.

To give the sweepers their best shot at making things tidy, temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. Vehicle owners who ignore the signs are subject to ticketing and towing to the dreaded impound lot.

Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The "No Parking" signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept.

Also, the city will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

By visiting www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/streetsweep, residents can find out which week their street sweeping is scheduled. On the weekend before their street is scheduled for cleaning, they can revisit the site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents are discouraged from pushing leaves, grass clippings or other debris into the streets because it harms lakes and other bodies of water. Also, it's against the law.

PAUL WALSH

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